February 22, 2019

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Record drop for Food Pantry

Gray Ghost Vineyards donated 1,788 pounds of food to the Rappahannock Food Pantry this week. Gray Ghost vintners Al and Cheryl Kellert, seen here dropping off the food, were informed that this was the largest amount the Food Pantry has received at any one time. […]

Letters to the Editor

A time for Democrats and Republicans to join forces

Let’s face it, Gov. Northam (nicknamed “Coonman” in his own college yearbook) did have a bad week — blackface, KKK costumes, and cheers for infanticide. While I held no real expectation that our local Dems would condemn Governor Northam — “applauding” the Governor on the heels of these disclosures of his outrageous behavior was unbelievable — I thought the Democrats would at least “lay low” for a while. […]


One idea can lead to another

There was a news article recently about a new business planned for Sperryville. Comments about it . . . seemed to be divided between nostalgia and wishful thinking. The way things used to be can be tough memories. The strong apple industry we used to have diminished years ago, farming has become more challenging. A major employer, the Aileen Plant, left years ago. So, changes have come. […]


A different twist to John Fitzhugh’s hanging

“He went to this lady’s house and wanted something to eat. He didn’t talk plain and was a big robust man. The lady got the food for him and she brought it to the gate, but she didn’t bring anything (a spoon or fork) for him to eat the food with . . . and he was asking for a fork . . . but he wasn’t saying it plainly and this lady misunderstood him.” […]

Hunting and Fishing

Bear harvest down, deer harvest up in Rappahannock County

Deer harvested in the county during the prior 2017-18 season had been the lowest count in twenty years, so there was an improvement this season by some 150 deer for our local hunters. The deer harvest in Rappahannock this season ending Jan. 5, 2019 was 717 antlered male, 100 male fawns, and 870 females (51.5 percent female, in other words), for a total of 1687 deer. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for Feb. 21

The Rappahannock Historical Society and Happy Camper Equipment present Wonders of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at the Sperryville Fire Department. Come hike with Lauralee Bliss as she takes you along the 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and Shenandoah National Park. […]


Saluting Rappahannock Black History Month

Born in Rappahannock in November 1899, Zephyr Jones Jackson was the third child of Catherine Jones. Zephyr was initially raised in the home of her grandmother, Ida Jones, and Zephyr’s mother married Hugh Jackson in 1906. As a child, Zephyr and her family were tenants on the farm of William and Nannie Yancey. […]


The Blue Ridge Ukulele Circle

The 16 people who gathered at the Rappahannock County Library early Tuesday evening had one thing in common — they love playing the ukulele. “There were beginners and experienced players. There were young people, people in their seventies, and then others in between. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Feb. 21

Updates on wintry weather for commuters; get your training in for upcoming Fodderstack 10k held in April; take caution when seeing a tractor on the road; and Gadino Cellars strikes double gold in wine awards. […]

School/Education News

School news for Feb. 21

While students were out of school on Presidents Day, Rappahannock County Public Schools staff participated in a Professional Development Day; the RCHS PRIDE Variety Show was held on Valentine’s Day 2019; and Belle Meade students gear up for Grease the musical. […]

Rappahannock Weather

Today is forecast to be Much Cooler than yesterday. Showers late tonight.
Friday 20%
High 46° / Low 34°
Overcast. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 46F. Winds light and variable.
Saturday 80%
High 39° / Low 36°
Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

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Local Events This Week

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  • A Love Song Sing-Along

    February 22, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Trinity Episcopal Church, 379 Gay St, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • Heart Health Day at RappU

    February 23, 2019  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    12018 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Black History Month

    February 23, 2019  1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    111 Scrabble Rd, Boston, VA 22713, USA
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  • AVFR Shrimp and Oyster dinner

    February 23, 2019  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Amissville Volunteer Fire, 14711 Lee Hwy, Amissville, VA 20106, USA
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  • Spaghetti Dinner/Talent Show

    February 23, 2019  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, 3948 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Adwela and The Uprising

    February 23, 2019  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Little Washington Theatre, 291 Gay St, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • 42nd Annual Black History Program

    February 24, 2019  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Inc, 15044 Ryland Chapel Rd, Rixeyville, VA 22737, USA
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